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Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Historical Weekend in NYC

Another Seaport ViewThis post was going to be about the great con­certs spon­sored by the RiverToRiver/Seaport Music Fes­ti­val this sum­mer at the South Street Port. I got to see Jua­na Moli­na (her new album, Son, is quite good), White Mag­ic (I think they said they’re work­ing on some­thing new), Hot Chip (great), New York Dolls (they put on a great show & have a new stu­dio album out as well), and Ted Leo and the Phar­ma­cists (they were so good my pop-music-lis­ten­ing friend asked me why he didn’t hear them on the radio) — all for free. What an amaz­ing perk of this city. South Street Seaport Peir 17

How­ev­er, over the week­end of Sep­tem­ber 15–17, I attend­ed some leg­endary shows I’d like to share with you. Start­ing on Thurs­day, Vashti Bun­yan played the Bow­ery Ball­room. She was fan­tas­tic and had mem­bers of Espers (who opened) accom­pa­ny­ing her. She played songs off her old and new albums. It was impor­tant enough that David Byrne came to see her. That was a great show. Vashti Bunyan Press Photo On Fri­day, ESG played a show at a venue called The Hook which is locat­ed in the Red Hook neigh­bor­hood Brook­lyn. The three Scrog­gins sis­ters are now joined by two daugh­ters. This show was mind­blow­ing­ly fan­tas­tic. They have a new album, Keep On Mov­ing, on Soul Jazz UK. Renee of ESG Valerie of ESG Marie of ESG On Sun­day, the leg­endary rock club, The Con­ti­nen­tal, closed its doors. But before it did, it went out with a bang with per­for­mances from Lenny Kaye (of Pat­ti Smith (did a styl­ized cov­er of Glo­ria that was amaz­ing) & Nuggets com­pli­er), Hand­some Dick Man­i­to­ba, and CJ & Marky Ramone joined by a cou­ple oth­ers for a Ramones cov­er set that was not to be missed.

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Belbury Poly — From an Ancient Star

Belbury Poly - From an Ancient StarBel­bury Poly, the first and still pop­pi­est artist on Ghost Box’s ros­ter, released their third full-length record ear­li­er this win­ter. Despite being the least abra­sive of the Ghost Box club, they’ve still always retained a creepy vibe, some­thing that is a lit­tle less pro­nounced here. Still, it’s more of what you’ve come to expect from the niche label — gur­gling and plunk­ing elec­tron­ics seat­ed square­ly in a half-imag­i­nary past of British alche­my, mys­ti­cism, and edu­ca­tion­al mul­ti­me­dia.

Also notable is the album art’s increased depar­ture from the Romek Mar­ber homages that have char­ac­ter­ized Ghost Box releas­es. I’d have admired their tenac­i­ty if they had stuck with the same tem­plate through every release, but I guess they can’t be blamed for want­i­ng to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

And if you are in or around Lon­don, be sure not to miss the Bel­bury Youth Club Night at The Shunt Lounge, this Wednes­day, March 11.

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Ryoji Ikeda

Photo by neural.it

Pho­to by neural.it

I have to admit that I’m rel­a­tive­ly new to this genre, so my inter­est in it is fun­da­men­tal­ly lack­ing in any his­tor­i­cal con­text. But I knows what I likes, and this is grip­ping stuff. In my flir­ta­tions with this kind of min­i­mal­is­tic, abstract elec­tron­i­ca, I’ve found that it’s dif­fi­cult to achieve a bal­ance between a com­mit­ment to exper­i­men­tal­ism and sheer lis­ten­abil­i­ty, but I think Ryo­ji Ike­da suc­ceeds. Though large­ly form­less, save for at most skele­tal rhythms, his new album Test Pat­tern is imme­di­ate­ly engag­ing mere­ly through its mono­chro­mat­ic, micro­ton­al tex­tures. It skit­ters and pops at a some­times fran­tic pace, crack­ling, buzzing, and ring­ing in enough var­ied ways that I’m tru­ly nev­er bored by it. If you’ve been avoid­ing “amelod­ic non­sense” like this, here’s an oppor­tu­ni­ty to have your mind changed. I only hope it’ll lead me to more things that sur­prise me in the same way.
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Ratatat, Past and Future

Ratatat - Shiller artworkIt seems Ratatat are get­ting ready to fol­low up their 2006 sopho­more release Clas­sics, which I thought was leaps and bounds above their debut self-titled, and cer­tain­ly one of my favorites from that year, if not this decade. Two weeks ago they released the sin­gle Shiller, whose A-side you can lis­ten to here. Both tracks are creepy and less beat-dri­ven than their recent stuff, for sure, and I’m glad to see them reach­ing again this time around. “Shiller” will be fea­tured on their forth­com­ing LP, LP3, which Evan Mast describes as being “wild­ly dif­fer­ent than any­thing we’ve done” as well as “by far the best album we’ve ever made,” in this inter­view with Audio­junkies. Hey that sounds promis­ing doesn’t it.

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Monday, December 31st, 2007

Department of Eagles

Department of EaglesAlthough I love lis­ten­ing to Break­fast of Cham­pi­ons each morn­ing, there are actu­al­ly very few times I’m com­pelled to take note of any par­tic­u­lar thing they play. But this morn­ing I heard “Fam­i­ly Romance” by Depart­ment of Eagles, and had to call in make sure I got their name.

Depart­ment of Eagles is a duo com­posed of Daniel Rossen (of Griz­zly Bear) and Fred Nico­laus. The song, while amaz­ing, didn’t rep­re­sent the full range of what they do. I was able to snag a copy of The Cold Nose; it’s a sur­pris­ing­ly var­ied blend of odd sam­ples (strings, piano, spo­ken word), elec­tron­ic manip­u­la­tions, drum machine, acoustic/electric gui­tar, vocal cho­rus­es, and prob­a­bly sev­er­al oth­er things I’m for­get­ting. The per­va­sive hip-hop lean­ings — which tend to be dark, DJ Shad­ow-inspired dal­liances — are prob­a­bly most exem­pli­fied in “Forty Dol­lar Rug,” a tongue-in-cheek glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of bach­e­lor life (“Forty dol­lar rug/ Twen­ty dol­lar lamp/ Playsta­tion 2/ Tony Hawk 4”).

Mean­while, they don’t mind sound­ing like Radio­head at times, in their creepy, Kid A-like har­monies, albeit backed by weird things Radio­head would prob­a­bly nev­er touch.

The Cold Nose was orig­i­nal­ly released in 2003 under a dif­fer­ent title, and was just reis­sued this year with some bonus tracks; for my mon­ey, it’s bet­ter than any­thing Rossen has done with Griz­zly Bear, and I’m sor­ry to have only come across it so recent­ly. The project is, as far as I can tell, defunct.

Resounder News

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

WordPress Design Contest

Resounder is com­pet­ing in WPWebHost’s Word­Press design con­test, in the “Retro & Vin­tage” cat­e­go­ry. Vis­i­tors are encour­aged to vis­it the front page or the archives for a fuller view of its design.

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Resounder Is Looking for Bloggers

There used to be four of us.  Now there is one.

If you have an active inter­est in new music, and the abil­i­ty to post once or more a week,  please email jay@resounder.org.